1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Hallucinating Donald Trump is reduced to having imaginary conversations with past U.S. Presidents

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It’s been said that, during the last dark days of his dying presidency, Richard Nixon would roam the halls of the White House and have imaginary conversations with the paintings on the walls of past U.S. Presidents. Donald Trump has tried emulating Nixon in too many ways to count, from rigging the election, to obstructing justice while trying to cover up his crimes, so perhaps it’s fitting that Trump is now having imaginary conversations with past presidents as well.




Donald Trump held a press conference on Friday in order to throw a fit about the fact that no one is willing to fund his stupid border wall. During that debacle, Trump claimed that past U.S. Presidents have privately told him that they wished they’d built a border wall of their own. The trouble: that obviously never happened. In case confirmation of the obvious was needed, Politico has managed to confirm that Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton never wanted to build a wall. So what’s going on here?




Donald Trump lies constantly, of course, so that part is nothing new. And most of his lies are the kind that can be quickly disproven by fact checkers; Trump is simply banking on his supporters being too intellectually lazy to fact check his lies. But this is a large-scale lie even by Trump’s standards. He’s going so far as to claim that he’s had conversations with past U.S. Presidents that even his own drooling base knows he didn’t have.



It’s enough to raise the question of whether Donald Trump isn’t actually lying about this. Is it possible that his failed presidency, threat of ouster, and prospect of going to prison have caused him to slip so far, he actually believes he did have these conversations with past presidents? After all, Nixon seemed to be hallucinating about conversations with past presidents as well, and Nixon was never as mentally unstable as Trump is right now.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump electorate” – Google News: Letters to the editor Saturday: Making sense of President Trump – Savannah Morning News

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Letters to the editor Saturday: Making sense of President Trump  Savannah Morning News

Making sense of President TrumpWhen I consider the current president, I am reminded of the presidency of Bill Clinton. Both men were delineated by two factors …

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FBI News Review: “Christopher Wray” – Google News: The Increasingly Toxic Political Climate For American Analysts Of US-China Relations – Analysis – Eurasia Review

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The Increasingly Toxic Political Climate For American Analysts Of US-China Relations – Analysis  Eurasia Review

Well known economist Jeffrey Sachs has criticized the U.S. for having Canada detain executive Meng Wanzhou of China’s telecommunications giant Huawei.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump in financial times” – Google News: Trump Administration Freezes Raises for Pence and Cabinet Members – The New York Times

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Trump Administration Freezes Raises for Pence and Cabinet Members  The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced late Friday night that it would freeze a pay raise for Vice President Mike Pence, members of the cabinet …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s Dark Triad

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Dr Noam Sphancer, writing for Psychology Today, identifies the diagnostic criteria for a collection of three personality traits known as the Dark Triad. They are the functional (subclinical) personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy, and they occasionally make their appearance in full force and all at once, like a malignant Triple Crown, in a single individual.




While I’m not ordinarily a sucker for mystical symbolism, I must confess to a certain chill down my spine when learning the psychologists’ shorthand for this particular pathology is “DT.” Nevertheless, in reading the specific diagnostic criteria for this roundup of pathologies, one cannot help but see emerging a vivid, unmistakable portrait of Donald Trump.


Personal characteristics of the Dark Triad personality are highly reminiscent of Trump. Specifically, the DT is manipulative, deceitful, lacking in remorse or empathy, callous and greedy for attention and admiration. But there is a downside to DT.




Sphancer notes that, “Alas, success achieved using Dark Triad means comes at a cost, to both self and (often more acutely) others, as Dark Triad traits are associated with problems including unethical behavior, white-collar crime, lying, deception, and cyber-aggression.” The DT often has success, but the success fades quickly and turns sour. Trump’s three failed marriages support this (is anyone going to dispute that his current marriage isn’t also a failure?) as do his numerous bankruptcies, the high mortality rate of his friendships and his inability to stick with any one thing.



Typically the downfall of the DT is a horrorshow for everyone involved. He (and the DT is almost always a “he”) rarely goes down without taking everyone in reach down with him. That’s bad enough when the DT is well-known, powerful and has a lot of connections. When the DT is, well, DT himself, “president” of the United States, the consequences can be disastrous for America. And quite possibly the entire world.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump and republican party” – Google News: Republicans Don’t Really Want to Secure the Border – VICE

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Republicans Don’t Really Want to Secure the Border  VICE

The GOP could have gotten money for border security and even built Trump’s wall if they were willing to deal with Democrats. But the party has instead …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Eric Swalwell drops the hammer on Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is running out of advisers, running out of allies, running out of excuses for his government shutdown, and running out of time. So now he’s doing what he always does. He’s stomping his feet and threatening to do over-the-top things he knows he can’t do.




Trump is now threatening to formally declare a National Emergency and use it as an excuse to unilaterally fund the border wall, while seizing any private land that sits in the way of his wall blueprint. In short, he can’t do this. He doesn’t have the law on his side to get it through the inevitable court challenge, and he doesn’t have the political muscle to even try it.




Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell, a rising star who belongs to the House Intelligence Committee and House Judiciary Committee, is slamming Donald Trump’s National Emergency threat for the empty nonsense that it is: “There is a national emergency alright. He lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”



In fact it’s difficult to find anyone who’s not laughing as this “National Emergency” silliness. Now that Donald Trump’s last desperate gasp has failed, with his border wall never getting funded and his government shutdown continuing to destabilize his dying presidency, what will he do next? Each of his moves is proving to be weaker and emptier than the last.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Sorry, Donald Trump, that’s not how anything works

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“President” Donald Trump is now suggesting he could call a national emergency (perhaps based on his letter to Congress, and that “beautiful” slide deck. But alas, he is wrong about that. Trump stated: “We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country. I haven’t done it. I may do it. We can call a national emergency and do it very quickly.” Wrong.




Trump claimed it was not a threat, but merely stating that he could do it. Trump thinks he can do anything, but he is wrong on this. One, it would be unprecedented for a president to call a national emergency when there is no such thing going on. It would be challenged in court and, unless Chief Justice John Roberts and this Court have checked out, they would declare this unconstitutional in a nanosecond. The Supreme Court has held that specific Trump executive orders were unconstitutional.


A president’s power is not absolute, notwithstanding what any lawyer working for this administration might be telling Trump. During a real time of crisis, the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman attempted to use his extensive executive powers and issued an executive order to seize the steel plants that were having labor issues. In Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, the “Steel Seizure Case,” the Supreme Court held 6-3 that Truman exceeded his authority when he issued an executive order directing the commerce secretary to seize steel mills to avert a strike during the Korean War.




In his concurrence, Justice Robert H. Jackson set out the president’s power in three situations: 1) when the president acts in accordance with “an express or implied authorization of Congress,” the president is at his broadest authority; 2) when the president acts without “either a congressional grant or denial of authority,” his power is based only upon reliance of his own independent powers” where there is potential for concurrent authority with Congress; and, 3) when the president acts against the express or implied will of Congress, “his power is at its lowest ebb.”



Jackson found that the seizure by Truman fell within the third category. The Jackson concurrence has subsequently been relied upon when assessing the extent of a president’s authority. We are now talking about a wall with steel made by American steel producers according to Trump and the case that will stop him from a national emergency executive order deals with American steel.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Comey” – Google News: Fair, Balanced & Unafraid: FNC Celebrates 10 Years of Bret Baier Anchoring ‘Special Report’ – Fox News Insider

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Fair, Balanced & Unafraid: FNC Celebrates 10 Years of Bret Baier Anchoring ‘Special Report’  Fox News Insider

Saturday marks ten years since Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier took the reins of “Special Report” from Fox News analyst Brit Hume.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s snowflake supporters are melting

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If you’ve had the misfortune to encounter the most aggressive and bullying of Donald Trump’s supporters online, you’re aware that they love saying horribly offensive things and then branding anyone a “snowflake” who dares to explain why it’s offensive. As so often turns out to be the case, these sociopathic Trump-supporting bullies are in fact the real snowflakes – and they’ve spent the day proving it.




By now you’ve probably heard that new Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said last night at a party that she intends to “impeach the motherfucker.” You’ve probably also seen the video of new Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez having fun dancing on a rooftop during her college years. Trump’s supporters are going off the deep end about both of these things, insisting that Tlaib is too profane, and that Ocasio-Cortez is too… we don’t even know.




It’s as if Donald Trump’s supporters have forgotten that he got caught on camera confessing to a pattern of serial sexual assault, or that in another video he calls the Chinese “motherfuckers,” or that the Pee Pee Tape is out there somewhere. As thoroughly as Trump’s fans root for him to behave as horribly as possible, all while excusing it as being perfectly acceptable, they go out of their minds whenever anyone else in government does anything that strays from traditional lines even slightly.



Of course it’s not a coincidence that Donald Trump’s racist, xenophobic, reactionary supporters are targeting a Muslim woman and a Hispanic woman. It tells you all you need to know about the true nature of Trump’s base. It’s also a reminder that Trump’s people are the proverbial snowflakes – and as Trump circles the drain, they’re melting in frustration.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “calls for Comey’s resignation” – Google News: Vow on Trump: ‘We are going to impeach the motherf****r’ – Independent.ie

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Vow on Trump: ‘We are going to impeach the motherf****r’  Independent.ie

Democrat Brad Sherman will introduce articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump on the first day of the 116th Congress.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump authoritarianism” – Google News: THE PUBLIC EYE:2018:Ten Reasons to be Thankful. Category: Columns – Berkeley Daily Planet

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THE PUBLIC EYE:2018:Ten Reasons to be Thankful. Category: Columns  Berkeley Daily Planet

New Year’s Day was clear and sunny on the Left coast and it was easy to imagine that 2019 would be “all green lights and smooth sailing,” as unlikely as that …

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FBI News Review: “fbi” – Google News: FBI investigating after someone impersonating Pence aide texted GOP lawmakers: WSJ | TheHill – The Hill

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FBI investigating after someone impersonating Pence aide texted GOP lawmakers: WSJ | TheHill  The Hill

The FBI is investigating fake text messages sent to Republican members of the House of Representatives from someone claiming to be an aide to Vice President …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Adam Schiff slam dunks Donald Trump’s lackey Mitch McConnell

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Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff has just become the Chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, and very soon he’ll use his position to begin airing all of Donald Trump’s Russia dirty laundry during nationally televised hearings. In the meantime, Schiff is aiming his cannons in a different direction: down the hall at the Republican leader of the Senate.




Last night every House Democrat, along with a few House Republicans, voted to reopen the federal government without any funding for Donald Trump’s idiotic border wall. There appear to be enough votes in the Senate to pass the continuing resolution as well. Then it’ll be up to Trump whether he wants to try vetoing the measure, which would ensure that the shutdown hangs squarely around his neck. The trouble: Republican Senate Majority Leader, a corrupt criminal who will be lucky if the Trump-Russia scandal doesn’t land him in prison, is refusing to allow the Senate to even vote on it.




For his part, Adam Schiff isn’t having any of it. Today he unloaded on McConnell, tweeting “Attention Senator McConnell: It is time to re-open the government. The House just passed funding bills the Senate already supported. Hundreds of thousands of workers are going without pay. It is time to put country over loyalty to Trump. It is time to show leadership.”



It’s not clear what Mitch McConnell will do next. But with the Republican rank and file in the House and Senate increasingly trying to run away from Donald Trump’s sinking ship for fear of going down with it, before long this fight could be just McConnell and Trump against everyone else. Considering that Trump and McConnell have dirt on each other that can put them both in prison, how long before they turn on each other?

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Flynn Hopes Jamie Vardy Does Not Face Newport  Independent Newspapers Limited

Newport County boss Mike Flynn is hoping former Premier League title winners Leicester City rest top scorer Jamie Vardy for Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie at …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Robert Mueller just delivered some really bad news for Donald Trump and his family

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Multiple major news outlets have recently reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to produce a report on Donald Trump’s various crimes in mid-February. That means Mueller is basically done with his investigation, at least when it comes to Trump. That’s why Mueller’s latest move is really bad news for Trump’s family.




Robert Mueller’s federal grand jury was initially empaneled for a period of eighteen months, and it’s about to expire. So now Mueller has decided to extend it by a period of “up to six more months” according to a new report from CNN. There’s only one reason to keep a grand jury around, and that’s to continue indicting people. Once the indictments have all been handed down, any further legal action will take place in front of a separate jury trial.




So this means that Mueller expects to continue indicting additional Trump-Russia people even after he drops the hammer on Donald Trump himself. At this point Mueller has already indicted and/or cut a plea deal with nearly everyone in the Trump-Russia scandal. The only known remaining figures are the likes of Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi, and by all accounts, they’ll be indicted any day now. All that’s left after that: Trump’s family members.



This tells us that Robert Mueller does indeed plan to indict Donald Trump’s family after he takes his big swing at taking down Donald Trump next month. So much for the likes of Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner magically getting off the hook for their various crimes.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “putin won US 2016 election” – Google News: American Charged in Russia Tried to Steal $10,000 as a Marine in Iraq – The Wall Street Journal

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American Charged in Russia Tried to Steal $10,000 as a Marine in Iraq  The Wall Street Journal

A former U.S. Marine arrested on espionage charges in Russia was removed from the military for trying to steal more than $10000 in government cash while …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump and russia” – Google News: Trump’s Russia comment baffles intel chief – CNN

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Trump’s Russia comment baffles intel chief  CNN

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House ‘will open up money-laundering inquiry’ into Trump-Russia ties, says key Democrat  Yahoo News

Rep. Eric Swalwell discusses the aggressive agenda for the House Intelligence Committee and it’s not good news for the president.

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